Ontario to Provide $39 Million Payment to Optometrists

Published on October 18, 2021

A statement from Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, on negotiations with the Ontario Association of Optometrists

MISSISSAUGA — Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, issued the following statement regarding the status of negotiations with the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO):

“The government of Ontario is making an immediate one-time payment of $39 million to optometrists across Ontario.

For far too long, Ontario’s optometrists have been neglected by previous governments, with their last agreement expiring in 2011. This is unacceptable, and we know this needs to change.

That is why our government is making this $39 million payment to the province’s 2,500 optometrists to support their delivery of high-quality care for patients, both now and into the future.

This payment amounts to funds they would have received since their last deal with the previous government expired in 2011, had they received similar increases to physicians over that period.

Starting October 5, optometrists will receive confirmation of their payment, and payments will flow to optometrists across Ontario.

In addition to this one-time funding boost, our government is also increasing OHIP fee reimbursements to optometrists 8.48 per cent, retroactive to April 1, 2021, as well as a joint working group to collaborate on investigating the cost of overhead, which we know is important to optometrists.

It is our sincere hope that this good-faith gesture will demonstrate our government’s commitment to reach a fair and long-term agreement.”

 

Contact

Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Mississauga-Lakeshore
(905) 274-8228